Rural development


Insufficient cooling systems are among the chief constraints many small-scale dairy farmers in the Global South are faced with. Quite frequently, milk is rejected by collecting centres or processing plants. Germany’s University...more



An international team of researchers representing the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Wageningen University, has raised alarm over the enormous economic impact parasitic weeds...more



In small village communities around the globe, local resources are often not used sustainably. A study based on 233 village analyses showed that at least one forest product such as firewood, timber, food or animal feed has...more

Climate change


A study by climate researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) shows that the impacts of land use change on carbon dioxide emissions is higher than assumed. In climate protection reforestation should play a...more



In a clinical trial on malaria vaccination, researchers at the German University of Tübingen have achieved a protection of up to 100 per cent by using fully viable malaria parasites.more



A nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.more

Climate change


Excessive groundwater extraction for agriculture is widely blamed for India’s declining water table. However, a new study says that changes in rainfall patterns may be more responsible for groundwater depletion and suggests that...more

Via the “Sowing App” farmers receive important information on seeds, soil treatment etc. <br/>Photo: ICRISAT


ICRISAT, Microsoft and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are co-operating on introducing a digital “Sowing Application” to help farmers to optimise their groundnut harvests. The app provides farmers with essential information on...more

A farmer checks whether the pods on his pigeon pea plant are ripe. <br/> Photo: Swathi Sridharan /


By planting pigeon peas alongside maize, African farmers can improve the soil and their own nutritional intake, a doctoral thesis at Swiss ETH Zürich concludes. more

Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/>Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)
Plant breeding


In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool...more



Researchers at the University of Hohenheim are developing solar-powered milk cooling for smallholders in Africa and strategic feeding for dairy cattle in Tunisia and Kenya. The projects are part of the “One World, No Hunger”...more



Fertile farmland around the globe is eaten up mostly by rapid urbanisation. Scientists say that the food produced on that area would be enough to provide more than 300 million people with 2,500 calories per day for a whole year.more



The so far only large-scale study of an Ebola vaccine tested on human beings has now demonstrated reliable protection against the dangerous virus while displaying good tolerability.more



Taking on the challenge of learning to improve monitoring & evaluation beyond standards, a group of CGIAR research programmes on dryland systems have built upon their experiences from the first phase to develop the first...more



The report of an international research team illustrates the global consequences of illegal logging for the environment, economy and societies.more

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